Everyone wants money, wealth, power, and status. And the only way to achieve them seems to be through “climbing up the ladder” at a job, company or some similar, institutionalized system.
When I was in high school, the way everyone climbed up the ladder was much more faint and subtle because this was the time where you would learn about the set hierarchy of popularity.
In college, most, or at least the majority of people, want to race up the ladder as fast as they can to get the prestige they want.
They network, they meet people who can help them get to where they want to be, they use people, and they’re even willing to abandon who they really are.
Manipulation. Phoniness. Deception.
They do all of this to get up to the “highest” point of the ladder where they want people to revere and adore them for their efforts as the best and diligent working man.
Why do they want all of this? Because behind all the money, wealth, power, and status is the desperate need for other people to acknowledge and become proud of how far they have come.
So here’s my question: is this the key to success?
Well, it surely isn’t! What the key to success is lies in being able to distinguish between what others expect of you and what you want and expect of yourself.
But most importantly, if you follow everyone else’s expectations and behaviors, you’ll end up being nothing more than an expendable machine part.
If you can never recognize your own worth, which includes both your strengths and weaknesses, how can you expect others to recognize and truly respect you?